Prajayatna has been implementing direct interventions for involving communities in the process of reforming the education system in the country. It focuses on strategic and indirect interventions for scaling up its efforts towards impacting public education. Prajayatna works in the states of Karnataka, Telangana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
The areas of focus in each of the key programmes have been:
Educational Governance: Through different interventions Prajayatna has been able to facilitate community involvement and contribution towards education development. Their current focus has been on institutionalizing this process through two main strategies:
Strengthening community-based constitutional structures, especially the Standing Committees responsible for education at the block and district levels.
Streamlining the educational planning process through the involvement of School Committees and the Panchayat Raj Structures.
Learning Initiatives: The focus is on – i) Institutionalising Prajayatna's capability-based learning approach (Kalikayatna) in public schools and initiating and expanding the initiative to schools in different States. ii) Sustaining its interventions with Cluster Resource Centres (CRCs) and demonstrating its effectiveness on teacher empowerment. Consolidating the initial approach, Prajayatna has solely focused on the process of Teacher Empowerment under CRCs. The capability development of Cluster Resource Persons is conducted through several workshops and trainings.
Early Child Care and Education (ECCE): Prajayatna's work with Anganwadis seeks to bring about quality in the State-run ECCE Centres through facilitating and institutionalizing community involvement. Their approach on facilitating community involvement is through the process of strengthening key structures representing communities, viz. the Parents Committee within Anganwadis and the Gram Panchayats. Prajayatna also works with teachers and anganwadi supervisors for addressing learning-related needs in addition to the basic facilities and health-related concerns.
Advocacy Initiatives: Prajayatna has worked with the Department of Education and the Department for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj in order to influence policies that can better support decentralized governance of education. They also work with State level Institutions to develop and implement trainings and capability development programmes for Panchayat Raj structures throughout the State.
In each of its key programmes, Prajayatna has attempted to influence public policy through its extensive interventions with respective Government departments, elected representatives, institutions, research organisations, and academicians.
Income Rs3 cr
Expense Rs3 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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